AlphaSTAR wins collaborative DLA program to study Grain Boundary Engineering in Additive Manufacturing

July 02, 2020 | Categories: Member News

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, (7/2/2020) AlphaSTAR Corporation (ASC), in collaboration with General Electric Global Research Center, University of Southern California (USC) Viterbi Center for Advanced Manufacturing, and University of Michigan (UoM) Aerospace Engineering, is pleased to announce a recent contract awarded by the Defense Logistics Agency, aimed at improving the mechanical properties and structural performance of AM fabricated metal parts. AM technology is relatively new to manufacturing and has many hurdles to overcome before universal adoption as a replacement to traditional manufacturing. As such, there exists an ongoing challenge to provide out of production parts and maintain mission readiness of various weapons system platforms. “Grain Boundary Engineering can improve mechanical strain, crack growth and fatigue properties of the AM part compared to current equiaxed-grain-boundaries in ‘As-Built’ vs. ‘As-Is’ parts,” says Dr. Rashid Miraj, Director of Technical Operations at AlphaSTAR. “It will yield significant advancement for the design of DoD supply chain of AM components that are flexible, scalable, and capable of producing parts which are qualified and more reliable using the current AM practices.”

During the period of performance, the awarded team will establish material performance screening, selection and improvement of AM driven legacy parts. Development of this critical science will apply to all DoD sectors looking to improve the quality and reliability of AM parts to assist our Warfighters.

About AlphaSTAR Corporation

Headquartered in Long Beach, CA, AlphaSTAR Corporation is a leading engineering services and software company that provides innovative physics-based simulation technologies for additive manufacturing, material modeling and analysis of advanced composite structures in the aerospace, automotive, defense, and energy industries worldwide. As a solution provider, AlphaSTAR proudly partners with DS SIMULIA, ANSYS, MSC, and SIEMENS PLM. AlphaSTAR and is the recipient of esteemed industry and technology awards for R&D and software development.

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